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Conference Registration is open now!!

Calling all elders who aspire to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them to come together at the Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference:  Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action,  October 25-28, to stand for the well-being of the future. There will be keynote speakers, presentations, workshops, rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music and dance. Engaging elders from a wide spectrum of cultures and traditions will inspire and unify us as we create greater good for our world. Start imagining how to call on stories from the past, live fully into an insightful present, and activate a transformative new narrative. For more information on the conference, click here.  To register for the conference, click here.


The recommendation from Sage-ing International’s Service Committee, in partnership with the  Conscious Elders Network (CEN),  has been endorsed by Sage-ing International’s Coordinating Circle  (our board). We stand in solidarity with the surviving students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, their families and people of good will across this country who are demanding an end to the legislative paralysis that prevents common sense gun control from being enacted in this country. Read the resolution here.


Sage-ing is looking at life in a new way as we grow older, a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives, transmitting that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and giving back through service. Learn more hereSage-ing International (SI) offers workshopswebinarsWisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters as well as online resources and conferences.


Sage-ing International is committed to transforming the current paradigm of  aging to “sage-ing”  through  learning, community building and service.

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and with a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve every day. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations, while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve.


  • We embrace new paradigms for aging to realize our potential.
  • We recall important people and events and how they have shaped us.
  • We harvest the wisdom learned through life’s triumphs and challenges.
  • We find solace in forgiving others and ourselves
  • We make peace with death, taking spiritual and practical steps
  • We create a legacy through service, mentoring and activism


Sage-ing International  has highly qualified CSLs around the country available to offer workshops and retreats from one day, weekend and multi-week highly interactive Sage-ing sessions as well as Wisdom Circles. Click here to learn more.

Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival

Sage-ing International’s Coordinating Circle recently approved support for this campaign!  www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

We invite conscious elders to be on the forefront in your state capitol on May 14 and/or at the national rally June 23 in Washington, D.C.,  to end the war economy, systemic racism, ecological devastation and poverty. Spread the word with elders in your faith community and with local conscious aging organizations. 


To honor leaders  in the field of conscious aging, Sage-ing International has created a “Council of Honored Sages,” well-known professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in consscious aging.  Meet the Council of Honored Sages here. Every two months we will introduce another Honored Sage.

Rick Moody 

Rick MoodyRick Moody, a member of our Council of Honored Sages, has become a feature at our Conferences and on our working committees.  He has been a valued adviser to our Development and Outreach Committees, contributing his wisdom from years of experience serving various non-profits.  He has been a wise and funny contributor at our biennial Conferences, most recently entertaining us with his “Rick and Connie Show” in Colorado in 2016.  Always pleasant, always energetic and always with a valuable opinion and a suggestion, he has helped SI for many years as we strive to grow our organization and our influence on those in the second half of life. Learn more about Rick

Meet Reb Zalman

Listen to  Reb Zalman and learn about Sage-ing and Conscious Aging principles.

Connie Goldman Scholarship Program

Connie, a member of our Council of Honored Sages, has contributed to Sage-ing International in so many ways.  Now we want to help Connie celebrate her many years of life experience by creating the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund to honor her many contributions to the fields of positive and conscious aging.  

To learn more about the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Program click here. To make a contribution to the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund click here

Learn about Sage-ing

Where do I start?

Start here.

Join! It’s free! Here

Upcoming SI Events Bulletin

Find out about upcoming educational opportunities offered by SI here.

SI News and Information

Read our quarterly newsletter “The Communicator” here.

“Awakening the Sage Within”(ASW) workshops coming your way!

ASWs introduce Sage-ing core topics: images of aging, life review, forgiveness, mortality, spirituality, legacy and service in interactive workshops.

ASW Coming to Chautauqua, NY, July 24-25-26, 2018. Register here.

ASW Coming to Minneapolis, MN, September 15, 2018. Register here.

Conscious Elders Network (CEN) Foundation Course starts June 9

CEN’s Foundations workshop “The Empowered Elder”  is a seven week, online series using Zoom video conferencing.  More information and registration here.

Spirituality and Practice E-Course: In process 

In this 12-week e-course, explore with Julia and Anne the following themes:

  • Moving from Worry to Wonder
  • With a Light Touch: Creative Play and Comic Vision
  • Tools and Methods to Spark Your Creativity
  • Creativity as a Contemplative Practice
  • A Creative State of Mind
  • What Calls Us to Be Creative?

Learn more HERE. Register HERE.

2018-2019 CSL Program Accepting Applications

Sage-ing International trains Sage-ing Leaders (Certified Sage-ing Leaders (CSLs) to facilitate workshops that help elders learn to live more fully in the second half of life.  CSLs receive their professional development from Sage-ing International’s signature year long facilitator training program, providing them with the skills to present Sage-ing programs skillfully and compassionately.  Find more information about the program here.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 CSL Program. The initial training weekend will take place at Techny Towers (near Chicago/O’Hare) September 6-9, 2018. If you are interested, please complete an application or contact Jeanne Marsh for more information.

Service Committee Blogs

Awakening to Action:  Finding & Following Our Call to Service by Stan Paine

Where do our passions—those causes we care most deeply about—come from?  How does the seed of the cause become planted in our soul?    Read more here. . .

Amazon Smile supports SI

If you shop through Amazon you can make your purchases through Amazon Smile which in turn gives a percentage of your purchases back to our organization at no additional cost to you. Simply go here and select Sage-ing International as your charity and then make future purchases through Amazon Smile. Thank you.

Upcoming SI Webinars, Workshops & Retreats

Sage-ing Webinars

Spring-Summer Webinar Series: “Elders Transforming the World.” Our upcoming Conference keynote speakers introduce themselves in a series of webinars from now to October. Enjoy a taste of the energy you will find at the Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference, October 2018.

Wednesday – June 27, 2018: Richard Leider is a life coach and best-selling author, focused on equipping Elders to discover purpose, meaning, and energy for living during the second half of life. His webinar topic is “Unlocking the Power of Purpose.” For more information or to register, click HERE.

Awakening the Sage Within (ASW)

Chautauqua, New York – July 24-25-26, 2018Deborah Briggs, CSL, brings her background as a corporate consultant, personal coach and trainer, and passion for helping other discover, celebrate, and use their gifts to facilitate this summer event at Chautauqua Institution. Space is limited, prompt registration is advised. Find more information and register here.

Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 15, 2018. Karen West, MA, CSL a lifelong educator and seeker, found her post-retirement passion in Sage-ing and conscious aging. She offers this event at the Compassionate Ocean Zen Center. Find more information and register here.

Watch for these upcoming events:

  • Portland, Oregon – David Rozell
  • Birmingham, Alabama – Mary Porter
  • Chaska, Minnesota – October 25, 2018

Deepening the Sage Within (DSW)  (formerly Sage-ing Intensive Workshop)

Bellevue, Washington – June 22-24, 2018, Peace and Spirituality Center. Join facilitators Pat Lewis, CSL and Rees Robinson, CSL. Find more information and register here.

Learn about Sage-ing

LEARN MORE about Sage-ing principles and practices, or PARTICIPATE in one of our educational programs.


Conscious Age-ing is about networking with other Elders. Join or create a local WISDOM CIRCLE.

Conscious Age-ing is about giving back, providing service, mentoring. SEE what Sages in Service are doing.

Is Sage-ing for You?

Are you in the second half of life and wondering what to do next? Have you just retired, have you recently become an empty-nester or has some other life transition left you wondering “what’s next?” Sage-ing may be your answer!

Sage-ing engages curiosity, community, commitment and connections and encourages us to enrich ourselves and our world through serving a cause, contacting a friend, reading a good book, attending a class, or enjoying the beauty and wonder of nature.

Embracing a sage-ing way of life may be the most important thing you do for yourself (and for others in your life) this year.

Here we share wisdom and inspiring stories from the Sage-ing International community, as well as from other partners in the rich collective of the conscious aging field. We aspire to bring you changing content of interest that keeps you coming back for more!

Qualities of Sages in Service

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve everyday. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve. More about these here

  • Deep Listening
  • Compassion
  • Joyfulness
  • Peacefulness
  • Open Communication
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity
  • Reverence for Life
  • Respect

Another SI Service Committtee blog:

Becoming An Elder-Activist: My Kitchen Table Transformation by Lynne Iser

My life changed at an unexpected moment eight years ago. My youngest daughter was 16, lingering in the kitchen as I sautéed onions and mushrooms for dinner. She was reading the newspaper and suddenly turned to me in tears and said, “I wish I grew up in the 1960s.” Read more here. . .

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